Saint Sophia Cathedral

Saint Sophia Cathedral

Kyiv, Ukraine

 
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Saint Sophia Cathedral
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Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Address
Sofievskaya square
Kyiv
Kyiv Region
Ukraine
Recommended duration
2 hours

This Orthodox сathedral is older than the world-famous Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in 40 years, and chronicles say that it was founded in 1011.

The history of St. Sophia Cathedral better than the Lavra — it was only once looted and damaged by soldiers of Batu Khan in 1240, and in 1280 — already renovated.

For a long time it was neglected, and later Hetman Ivan Mazepa ordered to restore it completely and rebuild its exterior in the style of Ukrainian Baroque. The work on the temple continued until 1740, when it finally acquired the present shape. Until today preserved the bell molded in 1705, located on the second floor of the bell tower and is called "Mazepa".

The interior of the cathedral still preserves the world's largest beautiful ensemble of authentic mosaics and frescoes of the first half of 1000-ies, made the Byzantine masters. 

In 1990 St. Sophia Cathedral became the first monument in Ukraine listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the building of the cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is forbidden to pass it to any religious organization and conduct services there.

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The place is well worth a visit, but the ticket at the entrance to Church road
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Miejsce warte odwiedzin, ale bilet wstep do cerkwi drogi
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In the Cathedral hangs a schedule of the planned excursions - and so, there are professionals of extra-class! It was head and shoulders above anything I've ever encountered in her life. Head and shoulders above!
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В соборе висит расписание плановых экскурсий - так вот, там работают профессионалы экстра-класса! Это было на голову выше всего, с чем мне доводилось сталкиваться в жизни до этого. На две головы выше!
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“The spiritual center of Kievan Rus`”
Among the monuments that were preserved on the territory of Eastern Europe, the world-famous St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is the most ancient. It was built as the main Church of Kievan Rus. I recommend coming here once you decide to visit Kiev.
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Don't miss the opportunity to climb on the top of its bell-tower - breathtaking experience you will never forget! P. S. Don't touch the bells.
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In addition mszami the whole Cathedral is a Museum (Sunday mass in the morning 2 hours and lasts 8 to 10). Unfortunately, inside the Cathedral do not take pictures (even without flash).
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Poza mszami cały sobór stanowi muzeum (niedzielne msza poranna jest 2 godzinna i trwa od 8 do 10). Niestety w środku katedry nie można robić zdjęć (nawet bez flasha).
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Probably the the highlight of my trip! Standing on the balcony above the main floor, I had a sense of my own fragility and the agelessness of the church. Though it's filled with beautifully restored artwork, don't get caught trying to take photos inside
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I visit Kyiv every year. St. Sophia belongs to the most beautiful churches I've ever seen! :)
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Ich besuche Kyjiv jedes Jahr. St. Sophia gehort zum schonsten Kirchen, die ich je gesehen habe! :)
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While in Kiev I met a co-worker who loved the history of his country. He was extremely knowledgeable and took my wife and I on a tour of the city and showed us the key historical sites. One of my favorite stops was the St. Sophia cathedral. It was built as the Orthodox version of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and, having been there as well, it was fun to explore and see the differences and similarities. The cathedral is no longer in use and has been turned into a museum. Please make this a priority if you are visiting Kiev. It is well worth the visit.
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Must see, beautiful old Orthodox cathedral
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A must seen in Kiev : the cathedral is wonderful. At the entrance, you can purchase a ticket to go to the top of the tower and to the different museum which are inside the property. One of those museum is pretty worth it, it is full of typical Ukrainian flower paintings, I recommand it.
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I lived in Kyiv my whole life, but only recently visited this magnificent place. It definitely stays in one line with the best cathedrals I have seen around Europe. A must see.
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Historical place, with excursion so yuo will be able to find something new
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